The restaurant, penciled in for fall, will be called Oloroso.
It will take 1121 Walnut St., the former home of Petruce et al. It will share the block with a diverse assortment of dining options, including the Irish Pub, Moriarty's, Caribou Cafe, Bareburger, Destination Dogs, Snap, and Matt & Marie's.
Here's the early word:
Wentz tells me that he's going for "sun-drenched rusticity" with the menu, which will include tapas as well as larger plates, such as paella, whole grilled turbot, and roasted pig head. He'll use the existing wood-burning grill and oven.
Though he said he had never cooked Spanish food professionally, "it's the intersection of fine dining and what I was doing in the early days of my career," notably at Twenty21, a long-ago restaurant at Commerce Square. Many of his crew have worked with him for years.
The interior will get a face lift to install a look of openness. A mahogany bar is on the way. Banquettes will give way to high-tops and the color scheme will skew to reds and oranges, including a mural by Bill Strobel.